Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The silver lining-Sr Citizens can be a formidable force for any development programme

                                  A Silver Lining
Senior Citizens can be a formidable force in any development
programme. Take for instance, a group of seniors in Bangalore who
are bringing much cheer into the lives of underprivileged kids.
           By Monika Chauhan
              “From what we get, we can make a living;
             what we give, however, makes a life.”
          —Arthur Ashe

Catering to the basic needs of the children, the group of senior citizens has also been facilitating Akshay Patra Mid day Meal
Scheme which provides a nutri- ous mix of ragi and jaggery for break­fast to thechildren.

 The never-ending journey called life can surely be beau­ tiful if we lose our­ selves in the service of others. For similar reasons, Senior Citizens Bangalore (SCB), an NGO formed by senior citzens in 2001, doesn’t believe in the tenet that retirement means you retire from life, it’s more about embracing anew start to your life. From a humble beginning with four retired men providing a few pair of shoes to needy school children, to lending a helping hand to local schools in taking care of the children’s health, nutri­ tional and academic needs the NGO has come a long way from four founding members in 2001 to almost 70 members and more. Located in Indiranagar, Bangalore, the NGO today supports almost 4,000 children and young adults, thereby helping 14 primary and upper primary schools in improving the lives of the underprivileged. Out of these 14 schools, 13 are situated in and around Bangalore, and one is in Hoskote. The NGO also extends sup­ port to three PU colleges and one degree college, besides running a skill development programme and supporting a destitute home in Hennur.“Our recent additions include professional courses and post graduation,” The Better India quotes Chair­ man BS Lamba as saying. “The addition of colleges is because we found out our students were doing extremely well and they needed a support pro­ gramme financially, and dation. The Foundation also offers basic skill development courses at RBANMS School premises on Dickenson Road, Bangalore. The idea of joining hands with Unnati Founda­ tion was proposed by one of SCB’s members, 93-year-old Mr. Parthasarathy, explains Mr. Lamba. The Skill Development Cen­tre offers students at PU level and above with a 50-day soft- skills training programme. A professional soft-skills trainer conducts the training with support from SCB member Arun Sinha, who is a personal executive trainer himself. After the completion of training programme, SCB ensures placements for these students; the last batch com­ prising around 85 students placed received salary levels of approximately 30,000.
It is worth mentioning here that the course is being offered free of cost to these students. The NGO is taking
into consideration “future industry requirements” through the course.Besides skill develop­ ment, SCB also sets aside a huge chunk of their funds for scholarships, especially for students in rural areas. “Our budget is ?15-16 lakh for scholarships,” Mr. Lamba quips. There has been  a  remarkable improvement in higher education with the introduction of scholarships, according to Mr. Lamba.
“In 2012, we gave scholarships for the first time in the school we support in Hoskote Taluk. We gave it to five girls. Today, one of them is doing engineering and the other is doing final year of BCA,” SCB Vice Chair­ man Shyam informs. “This year scholarships have been given to 106 girls. Their aver­ age result is around 80 per cent.” Drawing inspiration from their school life, the group is making continuous efforts to improve things for the chil­ dren they support. Three members have also made a contribution towards    funding   a   ?45   lakh   corpus   for scholarships. In a bid to encourage slow learners, Mr. Agarwal has
introduced an award titled Most Improved Student. “In a school, the teachers only know the top 10 students. The award is for those who are at the bottom of the class but have improved the maximum. Ever since we started it we have seen two advantages: the bottom of the class has come up, and the teachers have come to know the weaker students better,” Mr. Agarwal explains. The group has begun con­ ducting summer workshops in computers, tailoring, and beautician courses for girls from RBANMS High School this year. “The aim of the six-week programme was to enable children to learn a skill during the holidays,” says Mr. Lamba. It is worth mentioning here that some of the girls have now started working as part-time beauticians, and are earning a sufficient amount for their families during weddings and festivals. Catering to nutrition needs
of the children, the group has also been facilitating Akshay Patra Mid Day Meal scheme which provides “a nutritious mix of Ragi and jaggery” in breakfast to the children, shares their former chairman Bharat Sarronwala. The NGO has got tremen­ dous support from organizations like Kelloggs, Sankara Netralaya, Chinmaya Mission Hospital, and Dettol that have extended their support by providing food and health check-ups. The group com­ prises an executive commit­ tee of 15 members, most of whom are extremely active. Notwithstanding an average membership age of 75+, Senior Citizens Bangalore has accomplished a lot when it comes to socially empowering the underprivileged kids. Their success blossoms on their willingness to give something back to society. 
(Source: Secondary Research)

S C Maheshwari 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

PMO acknowledges The Petition

Simplification of procedure for treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS/CS (MA) Rules, 1944

Z 15025/105/2017/DIR/CGHS/EHS
Government of India
Ministry of Health  Family Welfare
Department of Health & Family Welfare EHS Section
Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi
Dated the 9th November,2017
Sub: Simplification of procedure for treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS/CS (MA) Rules, 1944
With reference to the above mentioned subject the undersigned is directed to state that this Ministry has been receiving representations for simplification of procedure for undergoing treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS. The matter has been examined and it has now been decided that CGHS beneficiaries are allowed to undergo treatment at private hospitals empanelled under CGHS of specific treatment procedures listed under CGHS rate list are advised by a Specialist in a Central Government / State Govt. Specialist hospital or a CGHS Medical Officer without any requirement of any other referral (permission) letter.

2. Private empanelled hospitals shall perform the treatment on cashless basis in respect of pensioners, ex-MPs, Freedom Fighters, Regular employees {both CGHS and CS (MA) beneficiaries} of this Ministry & other categories of CGHS beneficiaries, who are presently eligible for credit facility and shall enclose the prescription issued by Government Specialist or a CGHS Medical Officer, in original (or a self-attested photocopy) along with the hospital bill submitted to the competent authorities.
3. Serving government employees shall enclose the prescription issued by a Government Specialist or a CGHS Medical Officer in original (or a self-attested photocopy), while submitting the medical claim to the concerned Ministry /department/office for reimbursement.

4. CGHS Medical Officer / Government Specialist shall not refer the beneficiaries to any particular empanelled hospital by name but, shall specify the treatment procedure and mention ‘referred to any CGHS empanelled centre’.
5.These orders are applicable only in respect of treatment procedures for which CGHS rates are available.
6.This issue with the concurrence of IFD vide FTS No. 3130849, dated 09.11.2017.
Sunil Kumar Gupta
Under Secretary to Government of India
Tel- 011-2306 1986

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

RB =Adoption of clarification issued by M/O Finance regarding modification of level 13 pay matrix

Implementation of Government's decision on the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission - Revision of pension of pre- 2016 Pensioners /Family Pensioners' etc.-reg CPAO dated 3.11.17 & 30.10 .17

7th CPC Pension Revision of Pre-2016 Defence Civilian Pensioners: Clarification - PCDA Circular No.C-175

O/o The Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pension), 
Draupadighat, Allahabad - 211014
Circular No.C- 175
No.G1/C/0199/Vol - II/Tech
O/o the PCDA (P) Allahabad
Dated: 01.11.2017.

(All Head of Department under Min. of Defence)

Sub: Implementation of Govt. decision on the recommendations of 7th CPC for revision of pre-2016 defence civilian pensioners: clarification regarding

Ref: Circular No. C-164 dated 30th May 2017 & Circular No.C- 168 dated 10.07.2017.

Kind attention is invited to the above cited Circular C-164 vide which methodology of implementation of DOPPW OM No. 38/37-2016-P&PW(A) dated 12.5.2017 was circulated. At para 17 of the Circular C-164, it was mentioned that it shall be the responsibility of the Head of Department and Pay & Accounts Offices (P&AO), attached to that office from where the Govt. servant has retired or was working last before his death, to fix the pay on notional basis as on 1.1.2016 in respect of pre-2016 defence civilian pensioners/family pensioners in accordance with the orders of DOPPW on the subject. The LPC-cum-Data sheet along with all concerned documents were to be forwarded by the HOO to PCDA(P) Allahabad after getting it vetted from the PAO/LAO attached.

2. At para 3(c) of Circular No. C-168 dated 10.7.2017, “it was clarified that it is not necessary to get LPC-cum-Data sheet vetted by both authority i.e. by PAO and LAO. Any one of the two may vet the LPC-cum-Data sheet before forwarding to this office.”

3. It has been reported that HOOs are facing difficulties in getting the LPC-cum-Data sheet be vetted from LAOs. Therefore, it is clarified that notional pay fixation and verification of LPG cum Datasheet are to be done only by the concerned PAO i.e concerned CDA/Area Accounts Office /Local Accounts Office/AO(GE)/ Branch Account Offices etc dealing with the pay and accounts of the concerned HOOs. Furhter, only those cases need to be sent to the attached LAO (Army) which deal with the pay and allowances of the concerned industrial employees as e.g. Ordnance depot etc. 

4. It may also be ensured that verification process of LPG cum Datasheets may be done within a week by offices mentioned at above para.

5. All other entries will remain unchanged.

(Rajeev Ranjan Kumar)

Monday, November 6, 2017

The fading finger prints Sr citizens face identity crisis - Read page 2

Ageing septuagenarian moves SC after his fading fingerprints deny him Aadhaar benefits

With increasing age, Thakur's fingerprints changed. It got more difficult to capture them on the biometric machine, because the skin of the fingers lost its elasticity.

Harish V Nair | Posted by Sonalee Borgohain
New Delhi, November 7, 2017 | UPDATED 07:53 IST
Picture for representationPicture for representation
While several pleas are piling up in Supreme Court questioning linking of various services to Aadhaar, this unique petition by a 73-year-old doctor seeks quite the opposite- to allow him to update his almost-faded fingerprint and use the 12-digit biometric-based ID number for various facilities which he is being deprived of due to the mismatch.
Dr CPN Thakur, hailing from Muzzafarupur, Bihar had obtained an Aadhaar card by submitting his demographic and biometric information. However, he rushed to the court raising a problem which any senior citizen can face.
With increasing age, Thakur's fingerprints changed. It got more difficult to capture them on the biometric machine, because the skin of the fingers lost its elasticity and the patterns of ridges and furrows become less prominent. 
On February 8 this year, he applied for Reliance JIO-Wi-Fi connection, but was not granted due to variance in his fingerprints. At stake was many other services with almost everything being linked to Aadhaar today.
Thakur's advocate Mukti Singh told a bench headed by Justice AK Sikri that he approached authorities of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), then nodal agency which issues Aadhaar cards, twice for updating his biometric details but the request was rejected citing "poor quality of fingers".
Kindling hopes in the minds of thousands of senior citizens facing similar problems, a bench of Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan asked advocate Zoheb Hossain, who appeared for UIDAI to consider Thakur's plea and take a decision within a month. Section 31 of the Aadhaar Act allows updating personal details.
Thus in case any biometric and demographic information of an Aadhaar number holder is found incorrect or changes subsequently, the card holder shall request the authority to alter such information with the Central Identities Data Repository in such manner as may be specified by regulations.
Singh also urged the court to exempt Thakur from giving fingerprints and to collect only iris scan for updating the biometric information of his Aadhaar Card.
Thakur has sent a letter to the chairman and Public Grievance Cell of UIDAI, and other authorities, requesting them to take steps to help senior citizens whose fingerprints do not match their earlier fingerprints due to the loss of elasticity of skin due to age. In his case, he had received a response from the public grievance cell of UIDAI, informing him that the update request is "rejected" and he had to "re-enroll himself".
"The response was like making a mockery of my grievance, totally overlooking the fact that the swirls and ridges of my fingers have been obliterated due to ageing and cannot regenerate," he said.
"Because Aadhar card has been made essential for a number of services like banking, telecom and is likely to be made mandatory for several more services and day to day activities like driving licence, renewal of passport and checking in to airport etc, the card is very essential", said Thakur.
He pointed out, "If my current finger prints don't match the information in CIDR, I will be denied various services and facilities."

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Revision of pension of pre 2016 Pensioners

Many super sr Rly Pensioners may die w/o getting revised pension if steps 2 boost progress nt  taken @DOPPW_India @DrJitendraSingh https://t.co/P3PHWWWgQC   Assurance 2 generate 15k PPOs daily. given 2JS DOPW on 26.10.17 by Mr Anand of ARPAN appears to be a distant cry.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Enhancement in the rate of Special Pension to Blinded Ex-Servicemen : PCDA Circular No. 587

Office of the Principal CDA(Pensions)
Draupadi Ghat, Allahabad
Circular No. 587
Dated: 06th October, 2017
Subject: Enhancement in the rate of Special Pension to Blinded Ex-Servicemen under AO 606/75.
Reference: This office Circular No. 295 dated 03.01.2002.
Copy of GOI, MoD letter No. 1(10)/2009-D(Pen/Policy) dated 29th August’ 2017 on the above subject, which is self-explanatory, is forwarded herewith as annexure to this circular for further necessary action at your end.
2. In terms of Para-1 of GOI, MOD letter dated 8th Iune’ 2017, the rate of Special Pension to Blinded Ex-Servicemen under AO 606/75 has been enhanced from ₹ 500/- pm to ₹ 4000/- pm with effect from June, 2017.
3. In View of the sanction of the GOI, MOD, the enhanced rate of ₹ 4000/- pm as admissible to Blinded Ex-Servicemen w.e.f. June’ 2017 may be revised and paid on the authority of this circular.
4. This circular has been uploaded on this office website www.pcdapension.nic.in for dissemination to all alongwith Defence pensioners and Pension Disbursing Agencies.

Ex M.P.'s Association writes to the Railway Minister

Friday, November 3, 2017

Extension of the orders of DA issued by D/o Expenditure for Central Government employees/Central Autonomous Bodies employees who are in pre-revised scale of 6th CPC for grant of DR to Pensioners of the Central Autonomous Bodies who are in pre­ revised pension as per 6th CPC

The Commissioner,
Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangat-han,
18, Institutional Area,
Shaheed Jit Singh Marg,
New Delhi-110016                                        New Delhi, dated 31st October, 2017

Subjecti-Extension of the orders of DA issued by D/o Expenditure for Central Government
employees/Central Autonomous Bodies employees who are in pre-revised scale of 6th
CPC for grant of DR to Pensioners of the Central Autonomous Bodies who are in pre­
revised pension as per 6th CPC.


I am directed to refer to KVS’s letter No. 110230(Misc)2017-KVS(HQ)/P&I dated
17.02.2017 on the subject cited above and to convey the approval of the Govt, of India for
revision of Dearness Relief to the Pensioners of Central Autonomous Bodies drawing pre-revised
pension as per 6th CPC, from 125% to 132% w.e.f 01.07.2016, from 132% to 136% w.e.f.
0I.0i.20I7 and from 136% to 139% w.e.f. 01.07.2017. In this context, O.M dated 31.10.2017 of
IFD of this Ministry aiongwith the O.M dated 26.10.2017 of D/o Expenditure are enclosed
herewith for further necessary action at your end.

Yours faithfully,

Under Secretary to the Govt, of India



Subject:- Extension of the orders of DA issued by Department of Expenditure
for Central Government employees/ Central Autonomous Bodies
employees who are in pre-revised scale of 6th CPC for grant of DR to
Pensioners of the Central Autonomous Bodies who are in pre­
revised pension as per 6th CPC pay.

The undersigned is directed to refer to OM No 1-3/2008-Ell (B) dated 9th
November, 2016; 7th April, 2017 and 26th September, 2017 respectively received from
Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance regarding applicability of Dearness
allowance @ 132% as on 01-07-2016, 136% as on 01- 01-2017 and 139% as on 01-07-
-2017 respectively in respect of Central Government employees /Central Autonomous
Bodies employees who are in pre-revised scale of 6th CPC .

2.           To resolve the hardship faced by the pensioners of Central Autonomous Bodies,
Department of Expenditure has vide No 1/2/2017-Ell (B) dated 26th October, 2017
advised FAs of the Ministries/Departments to extend the orders of DA issued by
Department of Expenditure for Central Government employees/ Central Autonomous
Bodies employees who are in pre-revised scale of 6th CPC for grant of DR to
Pensioners of the Central Autonomous Bodies who are in pre-revised pension as per 6th
CPC under their administrative control.

 3.         Accordingly, Dearness relief of the Pensioners of Central Autonomous Bodies under the     administrative control of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School    Education & Literacy drawing pre- revised pension as per 6th CPC may be revised from 125% to 132% w.e.f. 01-07-2016, from 132% to 136% w.e.f. 01-01-2017 and from 136% to 139% w.e.f. 01-07-2017.                                                                              .                                               
(Anil Kakria)
            Deputy Secretary to the Government of India